Edit

casual dining

Financing

Bravo Brio rejects takeover bid from Romano's Macaroni Grill

The two-concept Italian operation says its pending acquisition by a Swiss private-equity group is a better deal.

Financing

Franchisors need to say more about franchisee finances

The bankruptcy filing of large Applebee’s franchisee shows that franchisors don’t reveal enough of their operators’ financial health, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

The deal for Barteca Restaurant Group gives the casual-dining operator two growth chains.

CEO Peter D’Amelio worked with chain creator Steve Silverstein to ensure a smooth transition, but he's no passive caretaker. The onetime president of The Cheesecake Factory is plotting his own course.

The chain's improved performance is proof full-service chains are holding their own against fast casual, executives stressed.

Sales and traffic comps remained negative for the big brand in Brinker’s portfolio.

The longtime marketing and menu-development executive has been promoted to president.

Management says the venerable Italian chain will use the filing to renegotiate leases on 37 closed sites.

The owner of Bravo Cucina Italiana and Brio Tuscan Grille will be acquired in an all-cash deal.

A true challenger to the Cronut appears, along with signs of a deeper dive into groceries by The Cheesecake Factory, less yelling at Red Robin, a return to crazy restaurant theming and crow being added to the menu of Jack in the Box.

  • Page 18